South Fork Kern River

Kennedy Meadows to Kern River – PCT

I’ve been following along with the s/v Rebel Heart family and their adventures, reading their blog for a couple of years now, so when Eric put out a request for hiking buddies for a Fathers’ Day backpacking hike, I jumped at the opportunity. Read More

First PCT Overnighter Without the Baby Carrier

Gabriel finished his first year of pre-school and as a celebration we all went on an overnight trip along the PCT – without the baby carrier for the first time. In fact, he carried his own backpack containing his favorite ‘sons’: Bun-Bun the rabbit, Baby Sea Ott the baby sea otter, and Parrot the parrot.

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Lake Morena to Scissors Crossing – PCT

I had been planning a little hike along the PCT from where we left off on our last trip (Lake Morena at PCT mile 20), to the 78 freeway at Scissors Crossing, roughly PCT mile 77. This would be a nice continuation of our journey from the border and would neatly coincide with the way the PCT map pages are laid out – it would complete the first page of the map. My friend Brian said he’d be interested in coming, so we set a date and planned the trip and away we went. Read More

Tamarack Valley via Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Friday morning we woke up and decided that everything else could wait. In less than two hours we had packed the car and headed out on a trip back to the San Jacinto Wilderness – this time from the east, via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Read More

Palomar Mountain Observatory Camping

Our friends Joel Amy and Meret put together a spur of the moment camping trip up to the Palomar Mountain Observatory Campground. Away we went!

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Birthday Sailing Surprise

Jess wouldn’t tell me what she had organized for my birthday – she simply instructed me to get on my bike and away we went, Jess leading the way to ‘who-knows-where’! We eventually ended up at Oceanside Harbor where she had rented a little sailboat for us for a couple of hours. It was great to bob around in the harbor and then head out into the open ocean for a bit of a spin. We reminisced about the last time we did a birthday sail, back in Marina del Rey when Gabriel was only a week or two old. My, how things have changed!

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Mt Laguna Car-Camping near the PCT

Our friends invited us to come car-camping at the Burnt Rancheria campground at Mt Laguna. We had planned to continue our PCT section hike progress and walk in from Cibbet’s Flat Campground to meet them, but at the last minute decided to keep things simple and just meet them at the campground for some luxurious car camping!

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San Jacinto Peak – Solo

I went up to San Jacinto Peak by myself for a night’s getaway. I had never been on a solo overnight backpacking trip before, so I was very excited and a bit scared. When I picked up my permit from the ranger station, the ranger said that I would be the only person in the park that night!

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Mexican Border to Lake Morena – PCT

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) starts at the Mexican Border and runs approx. 2,600 miles to the Canadian Border. We wanted to start at the beginning, but the 20-mile (32 km) portion from the border to Lake Morena County Campground is dry and remote, with no water available on this section in a typical year. Carrying all our water in the desert, as well as the difficulty of finding transportation to and from the trailheads put us off it for some time, but we felt we were ready to tackle it this weekend.

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Ultralight hat

It gets quite cold on the trail, especially at nights. So it’s nice to have a warm hat to keep your noggin toasty while you catch some z’s. Jess made some really warm knit hats with fleece linings, but they’re a bit heavy at 4.1 ounces (116g). So today I sewed up an ultralight synthetic hat from another kit by Ray Jardine. 1.2 oz (34g) is the weight of the new one!

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Tarp Repair

During our hike at Wilson’s Prom, the tarp got a little bit damaged during a windy storm. I’d set it up with heavy sticks for lifter patch supports and when the wind blew, the weight of them ripped the lifter patch a bit. Definitely a case of user error! I sent away for some spare parts and they arrived last week. Yesterday I did the repairs. Read More

Kitchen Creek Road to Chibbets Flat / PCT

Back in town for a month? Time for a walk! We found a bit of the Pacific Crest Trail only about an hour away from home – around 30 miles north of the Mexican border, just past the 8 freeway at Kitchen Creek Road.

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